UD-I TEACH is engaged in a variety of activities focused on the implementation of universal design in post-secondary education. Below is a brief summary of the key activities of the project. Links are provided for additional information.
Objective 1: Develop Student Campus Accessibility Needs Inventory
This objective seeks to create, validate, and disseminate a new accessibility inventory assessment tool (Student Campus Accessibility Needs-Inventory Tool: SCAN-IT) that gathers data at the student-level concerning their accessibility experiences and challenges. Data will be reported to the student for personal advocacy use and aggregated as anonymous reports for other stakeholders. Since we know that access barriers in one domain (e.g., reliable transportation to campus) may have a negative impact on other domains (e.g., class attendance and participation), this tool is designed to provide comprehensive, quantitative evidence about the accessibility of student activities in the postsecondary educational environment. This inventory will diagnose campus physical, informational, and learning environments.
Objective 2: Learning Technology Analysis and Technical Reports
Instructional technology innovations are usually adopted in a haphazard way by individual faculty with little regard to the features of a technology that offer accessibility, pose barriers, or foster engagement. As a result, this project objective focuses on analyzing learning technologies in order to produce helpful technical reports to enable students, faculty, service providers, and administrators to invest in UD approaches.
Objective 3: Implement Campus-wide UD Interventions
This objective tackles the need to create new resources and help fill the information gap around UD interventions among physical, information and service environments. Two activities have been designed to achieve this objective: Create campus environment and service resources and address policies that affect UD. These will be executed on the UWM home campus as well as leveraging our partner campuses requesting their assistance in identifying and generating resources.
Objective 4: Dissemination and Training
Given the innovative product development that will be conducted by the project, we are committed to an ambitious agenda of disseminating information, training, and technical assistance. This objective highlights our commitment to dissemination and training.
Objective 5: Project Evaluation
This objective emphasizes the project’s commitment to accountability. Both formative and summative evaluation activities will be conducted to ensure that the procedural activities of the grant are completed in an orderly and timely manner and that the activities are of sufficient scope to produce the desired impact on student educational access and success.